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Old 04-23-2011, 05:39 PM   #38
Jonathan Vechet
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Re: No spotter for noob...bad idea?

Originally Posted by Michael Dowling View Post
just got back from the gym and i had to do a bench press 5 X 3 of 185 on week 5 of this strength program. i switched over to closed thumbs and it was definitely different, not terrible but i felt more pressure on my shoulders, the false grip or suicide grip is much more comfortable. but i'll see if can keep progressing pain free with closed thumbs.
What are you doing in which the placement of your thumbs makes that much of a difference in your shoulders?

I don't claim to fully understand the human anatomy, but could someone explain how moving the thumbs can alter the pressure load on the shoulders? I don't understand how this is even physically possible, but then again, I'm not an expert in anything.
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